Beryl weakens to Tropical Storm

Beryl becomes the first hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Beryl will bring a chance of tropical storm winds to the Lesser Antilles late Sunday and into Monday before moving to the west. Beryl is a very compact storm with sustained winds of 80 miles per hour gusting to 100 miles per hour at times.

It is forecast that the center of Beryl will approach the Lesser Antilles over the weekend, cross the island chain late Sunday or Monday, and move south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Monday and Monday night. They expected Tropical Storm Beryl to weaken over the next two days.

Although there's no guarantee it will turn into a tropical storm, and the system is not expected to make landfall, it could continue circling a few hundred miles off the coast of North Carolina and SC for a few days, according to hurricane experts at AccuWeather.

The government of Dominica announced that a State of Emergency and a curfew will be in force for the passage of Tropical Storm Beryl from Sunday.

HOW THE SYSTEM MAY AFFECT SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA: Chris presents no direct threats to Southeastern North Carolina, nor the United States.

The storm strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane from a tropical storm early Friday morning.

A potential impact on Puerto Rico, still recovering after Maria's devastation, remained unclear. "Confidence in the official intensity forecast is also much lower than normal", the National Hurricane Center warned early Friday.

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As of 4 a.m. CDT Sunday, Tropical Storm Chris was located about 150 miles south of Cape Hatteras, N.C.

Tropical Storm Chris has formed in the Atlantic, the third named storm of the 2018 hurricane season.

The storm should begin to weaken once it reaches the eastern Caribbean on Monday.

While the storm is expected to dissipate as it nears the southern Caribbean islands, rain and winds are expects.

As of noon on Friday, Beryl was packing maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour.

Chris is expected to meander off the coast for the next couple of days, then head northeast starting on Tuesday.

By the morning July 6, Tropical Storm Beryl had racked up enough speed and strength to transform from a tropical depression into a full-fledged hurricane.

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